Legendary steam locomotive No. 844 is on the fifth leg of the UP 150 Express, a multi-segment tour celebrating Union Pacific's 150th anniversary, and sharing the company's rich history with the communities it serves.
No. 844 is traveling 13,000 miles through 15 states as part of Union Pacific's 150th anniversary celebration. The tour makes its next stop in Grand Island to be part of the Nebraska State Fair activities and will be on display Sept. 1 – 3, then to Boone, Iowa, and display during Pufferbilly Days, Sept. 7 – Sept. 8, for three hours in Ames, Iowa on Sept. 9 and finally to North Platte, Neb., for Rail Fest on Sept. 14 – Sept. 16.
While the train is on display in Grand Island, Boone, Ames and North Platte, visitors can step inside Union Pacific's vintage Promontory baggage car that has been transformed into a state-of-the-art traveling museum. The traveling exhibit closely replicates the full-scale Building America exhibit that opened earlier this year at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The traveling exhibit takes visitors back in time using the latest interactive touch screen technology to illustrate how Union Pacific supported communities as they were established along the way as the transcontinental railroad was built. The interactive experience culminates with the modern Union Pacific Railroad, which transports goods American businesses and consumers use every day.
"Our 150th anniversary is a milestone that provides us with the opportunity to thank our communities for supporting Union Pacific," said Robert W. Turner, senior vice president - Corporate Relations for Union Pacific. "We are happy to celebrate our past and look forward to continuing to meet America's freight transportation needs."
Known as the Living Legend, No. 844 is scheduled to make overnight stops with stationary displays along the route before arriving back in Cheyenne, Wyo., Sept. 17.
Arrival and departure times for the steam train can be found at www.upsteam.com. Website visitors can follow No. 844 on a GPS system map that updates its location every five minutes. GPS updates are also available at http://twitter.com/UP_Steam.